Anglers from the North East landed no fewer than three trophies at a national fly fishing competition. (on Saturday 9 May)
Northumbrian Water’s six-man team were placed second overall in the 30th Water Industry Game Fishing Championships (WIGFiC) – fished by 17 teams and hosted by Yorkshire Water at Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs in the Washbourn Valley near Harrogate.
Once again, as in 2008, Northumbrian Water was the top water company and narrowly missed out sweeping the board. The Environment Agency Head Office team pipped them by just three points despite catching fewer rainbow trout. Their 28 fish weighed heavier than Northumbrian’s 31 fish which tipped the scales at 50lb 1oz. EA Head Office weighed in at 54lb 13oz.
This latest result follows a series of successes at the prestigious annual national competition. In both 2005 and 2006 Northumbrian Water took third place in the competition sponsored by Saint-Gobain Pipelines and Hardy & Greys Ltd. They were second in 2007 and fourth last year.
And it shows that, not only does Northumbrian Water run the biggest and most successful commercial trout fishing in Europe, it’s own anglers, representative of a variety of different areas of the company, can also do the business as well.
More than 100 fly fishers from throughout England and Wales from the big water and sewerage companies, the Environment Agency regions and the Association of River Trusts took part.
Northumbrian Water’s Andrew Scott was third individual and a section winner catching eight trout before the competition finished to earn a time bonus. Alistair Baker was 15th (6 fish) , Brian Lillie 17th (7 fish) and Scott Everett was 23rd (6 fish).
The other team members Phil Wagget and Peter Pattinson both also added to the combined catch to land the top team spot.
Don Coe, fishing in the reserve competition for Northumbrian Water, won the cup outright catching his limit bag of eight trout after just two hours for a big time bonus in the six-hour-long bank fishing competition.
Team captain Alistair Baker, said: “This was a tremendous team effort for the fifth year running and maintains our position as the top water company. We are very proud to have done so well against such strong competition which included many international and expert anglers.”